Minuscule 493

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Minuscule 493 (in the Gregory-Aland numbering), ε 501 (in the Soden numbering), is a Greek minuscule manuscript of the New Testament, on paper. Palaeographically it had been assigned to the 15th century.[1] Scrivener labeled it by number 578.[2]



The codex contains the text of the four Gospels on 157 paper leaves (size ) with some lacunae (Matthew 4:13-11:27; Mark 1:1-6:1). Written in one column per page, 27 lines per page. It is ill written. It contains τιτλοι in Mark and lectionary markings, but added by a later hand. It has marginal notes.[3] Matthew 4:13-11:27; Mark 1:1-6:1 were added by a later hand.[3]


The Greek text of the codex is a representative of the Byzantine text-type. Aland placed it in Category V.[4] Hermann von Soden included it to the textual family Kx.[5]


The manuscript once belonged to the Bishop Butler's collection (as 491 and 492).[2]

The manuscript was added to the list of New Testament manuscripts by Scrivener. It was examined by Scrivener and Bloomfield.[3]

It is currently housed at the British Library (Additional Manuscripts, 11839) in London.[1]

See also


  • 1. Aland, K.; M. Welte, B. Köster, K. Junack (1994). Kurzgefasste Liste der griechischen Handschriften des Neues Testaments. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter. p. 76. ISBN 3110119862.
  • 2. Scrivener, Frederick Henry Ambrose; Edward Miller (1894). A Plain Introduction to the Criticism of the New Testament, vol. 1. London: George Bell & Sons. p. 258.
  • 3. Gregory, Caspar René (1900). Textkritik des Neuen Testaments, Vol. 1. Leipzig. p. 195.
  • 4. [Kurt Aland|Aland, Kurt]]; Barbara Aland; Erroll F. Rhodes (trans.) (1995). The Text of the New Testament: An Introduction to the Critical Editions and to the Theory and Practice of Modern Textual Criticism. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-8028-4098-1.
  • 5. F. Wisse, The Profile Method for Classifying and Evaluating Manuscripts Evidence (Wm. Eerdmans 1982), p. 61.

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